screen: photographed 10/29/2020
screen: photographed 10/29/2020

Bison


Artist
American (American)
; American (New Mexico) (American)
Date
1942-1945
Medium
Pine wood
Dimensions
Work : 4 1/2 x 5 7/8 x 2 9/16 in. (11.27 x 14.92 x 6.51 cm)
Credit Line
Gift of Andrew Lick '04 in memory of Professor Billy Mayer
Object Number
2017.48

Label
The Japanese-Americans who were imprisoned by the American government because of their ethnicity during World War Two often had little to occupy their time in the incarceration camps. To combat boredom and depression, some of the prisoners turned to making art, using found materials and simple tools allowed by the camp guards. This sculpture of a bison came from a Japanese American family in California, some of whose members spent time in the prison camps. It is not signed or dated, but its subject, size and style all point to it having been made in one of the camps, most likely either the Rohwer or Jerome camps located in Arkansas.

Object Type
Sculpture
Wood